Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 09, 2014)
Word of the Day

termagant

Definition:(noun) A quarrelsome, scolding woman.
Synonyms:shrew
Usage: His aunt was such a termagant that he dreaded her annual visit.
Article of the Day

Reggae

Reggae is a form of popular music that developed in the 1960s among the Jamaican poor. It draws on American "soul" music and traditional African and Jamaican folk music, as well as ska—Jamaican-British dance-hall music. Many of reggae's highly political songs proclaim the tenets of the Rastafarian religious movement. Instrumentation accents the upbeat and usually includes an ensemble of organ, piano, drums, bass, and electric guitars. What are some theories on the origin of the term "reggae"? More...
This Day in History

John Birch Society Founded (1958)

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Welch, Jr., a retired candymaker, to combat communism and promote ultraconservative causes in the US. It was named for an American missionary and army intelligence officer killed by Chinese communists in 1945, considered by the society the first hero of the Cold War. Its membership reached more than 70,000 in the 1960s. Since then, it has promoted many objectives, including pressing for the US to withdraw from what organization? More...
Today's Birthday

William Whiston (1667)

Whiston was an English clergyman and mathematician. He won favor through his New Theory of the Earth and in 1701 was made deputy to Sir Isaac Newton, whom he succeeded as a professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Well known as a preacher, Whiston aroused opposition by proclaiming his opinions about early Christianity, and in 1710 he was dismissed from the university for heresy. In 1736, he caused widespread panic when he predicted that what would bring the world to its end within the year? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is a great beautifier.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Fête de l'Escalade (2016)

Escalade is a celebration in Geneva, Switzerland, of the victory of the people of Geneva over the attacking French Savoyards. To mark the victory, people carrying torches and wearing period costumes and armor proceed through the old city on both banks of the Rhone River. Shops sell chocolates that look like miniature soup pots to commemorate Mère Royaume, who poured a pot of scalding soup on the head of a Savoyard soldier. The procession winds up at St. Peter's Cathedral, where the citizens sing patriotic songs and a huge bonfire concludes the celebration. More...
In the News

Einstein's Personal Life, Now Online

If you've ever wondered about the man behind the principle of relativity, now you can know him better: the Einstein Papers Project has made accessible online 5,000 searchable documents from the first 44 years of Albert Einstein's life. Before, these letters, diaries, and scientific papers were mainly used by scholars, but now anyone can read—in Einstein's own words—about his transformation from mediocre student to world famous scientific genius. As the papers highlight Einstein's wit, work ethic, and large network of friends, the publishers hope they will dispel the notion of him as an isolated "mad" scientist. More...
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